TOC EventsPort of StocktonTelestackCimbriaCoaltrans Asia 2021Sailors Society
  • Telestack
  • TMS Awards 2021
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Van Aalst
  • TBA Group
  • Port of Stockton

Rio Tinto slows some operations

Rio Tinto slows some operations

(Posted on 26/03/20)

As a result of separate actions by the Premier of Quebec and the President of South Africa to contain the spread of COVID-19, Rio Tinto will slow down some of its operations.

At Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in South Africa Rio Tinto will curtail production in compliance with a directive from the Government aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. As a result, all mining operations at RBM will be halted by midnight on Thursday, 26 March, for 21 days.

In line with the President’s directive, Rio Tinto will make arrangements for the furnaces to be put on care and maintenance in order to avoid damage to their continuous operations. At this time, it is too early to speculate on when operations will resume or on 2020 production guidance. Resumption of the construction of the Zulti South project will be delayed.

In Canada, because of the threat of COVID-19, the Premier of Quebec has announced the closure of all non-essential businesses from midnight on 24 March 2020 to 13 April. Rio Tinto understands that the Quebec government has designated industrial complexes including the aluminium sector and the mining industry as essential industries but instructed that they must reduce their business activity to the minimum. We will work with the government to comply with its directive in relation to our Quebec operations. Any impacts to operations or production guidance will be reported to the market in due course.

Rio Tinto chief executive officer J-S Jacques said “The health and safety of our people is Rio Tinto’s key priority and we are supportive of the action being taken by various governments to address the threat of COVID-19. We will continue to work with our employees, customers, communities and suppliers to minimise any impact of action being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Latest News

BHP establishes new cloud agreements

(Posted on 18/06/21)

BHP has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft as long-term cloud providers to help improve... Read more


Kamoa Copper signs off-take agreements

(Posted on 14/06/21)

New agreements will allow Kamoa Copper to export blister and concentrate copper locally through Lualaba... Read more


Trafigura releases strong half year results

(Posted on 14/06/21)

Trafigura Group Pte Ltd, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading companies, has... Read more


World Steel in Figures 2021 now available

(Posted on 09/06/21)

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has published the 2021 edition of World Steel in Figures. The... Read more


Hill Dickinson boosts Singapore expertise

(Posted on 09/06/21)

Hill Dickinson has further strengthened its leading commodities practice by hiring established professional... Read more


Ben Wyatt to join Rio Tinto Board

(Posted on 07/06/21)

Rio Tinto has appointed Ben Wyatt as a non-executive director. Mr Wyatt, an Australian citizen, will... Read more


Rio Tinto and Comptech partnership

(Posted on 31/05/21)

Rio Tinto and Comptech are partnering to bring a new generation of aluminium alloys to the market for... Read more


Time for change, say Canada’s grain farmers

(Posted on 26/05/21)

On welcome news of the Canadian Grain Commission’s fee reduction, effective August 1, 2021, Canada... Read more


Rusal plans for transformation

(Posted on 21/05/21)

Rusal, a leading aluminium producer, has announced that it is pursuing a demerger of its higher carbon... Read more


First rotor sails equipped ore carrier to serve Vale

(Posted on 17/05/21)

The fleet of ships serving Vale is to include the first large ore carrier in the world equipped with... Read more


Port of South LouisianaCleveland Cascades LtdTMS Awards 2021TBA GroupThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology Bühler GmbH
  • Cimbria
  • TOC Events
  • Port of South Louisiana
  • Vigan
  • Coaltrans Asia 2021

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping